TAIWAN LEADER GETS WARM WELCOME ON GUAM

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By Ryota Dei

HAGATNA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, Feb. 1) – Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian stopped over on Guam for several hours yesterday and attended a reception at the Hilton Guam Resort & Spa on his way back from official visits to Palau and the Solomon Islands.

Upon arriving on the island, Chen attended a wreath-laying ceremony at the War in the Pacific National Historical Park, Asan Beach Unit and delivered a speech at a welcoming reception held at the hotel ballroom, where he received a warm welcome from Gov. Felix Camacho and Taiwanese expatriates on Guam.

"By sharing common experiences with the two islands, of a proud people of the Western Pacific-Asian region, we will improve the lives of all our people and continue our friendship that has only grown stronger over the last 30 years. And just as we can learn from the people of Taiwan, there is much we can share with them," Camacho said in his speech.

He also expressed a warm invitation to the people of Taiwan to visit Guam and hope that the friendship between the two islands will be strengthened in the future.

Chen left Taiwan Thursday for the inauguration of Palau President Tommy Remengesau and attended the opening of a Taiwan-funded hospital in the Solomon Islands. Palau and the Solomon Islands are among Taiwan's 27 diplomatic allies.

Chen left Guam to return to Taiwan.

February 1, 2005

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